• May 20, 2019
  • CBD Oil
  • by cbdexqui_admin

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis plant. It is a naturally-occurring substance that is now making waves in the medical world. CBD can be consumed in a number of different ways that include vaporizing and inhaling, ingested through a food, topical methods with creams or lotions source or most commonly administered sublingually, with a dropper under the tongue. Regardless of the administration method, there are a few things to know about CBD Oil before you take it. This article includes everything you need to know about CBD oil.

    What CBD Isn’t

    Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not cause psychoactive effects that result in users to feel high or stoned. CBD typically reduces the effects of THC, allowing users to experience the therapeutic effects of the oil without feeling intoxicated. Both CBD and THC have similar molecular structures, with slight differences in the arrangement of certain elements. This slight disarrangement causes one substance to be psychoactive and the other not. Therefore, CBD is more readily available to the public as a medicine and supplement, as it is not a substance that produces mind-altering effects.

    Side Effects

    Some users have reported slight side effects after taking CBD. Some of these effects include sleepiness, decreased blood pressure, or dry skin. There are myths associated with CBD, suggesting it causes alterations in sensory perceptions, food intake, inhibitions, and behavior.  However, recent research studies debunked these myths and indicated that CBD does not have many side effects.

    Extraction Methods

    There two common ways to extract CBD from a cannabis plant. Firstly, the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) method involves uses pressurized carbon dioxide to pull the desired phytochemicals from a plant. You will know if your CBD oil was derived using this method by seeing “CO2 Extracted” on the label.

    The second extraction method involves using solvents, such as ethanol, to extract the oil from the cannabis plant. This method retains more of the plants oils and extracts on top of just the CBD.  However, this extraction method has disadvantages, including residual solvents in the CBD oil and destroying the natural form of the plant wax.

    Benefits of CBD Oil

    CBD Oil has a number of health benefits that seem to be growing every year as more research is done. Most recently, researchers found that CBD oil helps treat a number of health-related illnesses, such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and acne. Those who use CBD oil compared to other traditional treatments for depression and anxiety report less anxiety, confusion, and cognitive impairment. CBD oil may also enhance our resiliency against neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Those who used CBD found a reduction in the number and duration of seizures for those with epilepsy.

    CBD may also assist with cancer-related symptoms, including nausea and diarrhea resulting from chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Research found that those undergoing chemotherapy treatments benefited more from CBD oil compared to traditional pain medications. CBD oil may also have anti-cancer properties, protecting us from getting cancer in the first place. Additionally, a few studies have shown that CBD oil prevented the replication of breast cancer cells.

    Author BIO

    Ron Goedeke MD, BSc Hons MBChB, FNZCAM

    Dr. Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine and sees huge medical potential in cannabis  based extracts such as CBD. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.